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A short-lived project formed during Minor Threat's initial (and ultimately temporary) breakup, Skewbald/Grand Union kept singer Ian MacKaye and drummer Jeff Nelson together, with their curious compound name deriving from their differing opinions of what to call the band. MacKaye and Nelson first worked together in the Teen Idles before forming the seminal Minor Threat, which went on hiatus in September 1981 when guitarist Lyle Preslar left for college. MacKaye and Nelson got together with guitarist Eddie Janney — formerly of the Untouchables — and bassist John Falls. They recorded two songs for a self-titled single in November, but the next month, MacKaye decided to go on tour as a roadie for Black Flag. Skewbald/Grand Union fell by the wayside without ever having played a live gig, and its demise was ensured when Preslar returned and Minor Threat re-formed in April 1982. MacKaye would later go on to front Embrace and Fugazi, while Janney played in the Faith and the seminal emo band Rites of Spring, as well as the shorter-lived One Last Wish and Happy Go Licky. Nelson, for his part, moved on to gigs with Egg Hunt (again with MacKaye), 3, and the High Back Chairs. In 1992, Dischord released Skewbald/Grand Union's extremely scant recorded output as a self-titled, 7" vinyl single, and reissued it as a CD single in 1997.